Originally Posted by HarleyWood
Charmayne James Ryan Sliding Gag Bit - Horse.com
I've been using this for 4 years on my QH and tried it on my moms 3 year old and it worked amazing down the road I got him to stop, turn and run, but I don't wanna spend 73 dollars again, and I want to finding something similar to it that would work for riding around, trail and barrels.
Anyone use something like it that you use and love? With a shank? He has his head tucked all the time like english horse. So my snaffle worked but I had to really pull to do anything and with my QH its a light tug and he stops..
Wow. I just lost respect for Charmayne James. THere are some horrid bits she makes, including this one. Training is the answer. Period. There are no shortcuts in life. You will end up with a horse who has huge holes in their training, that will show up in performance, if not now-later. Especially a 3 yr old!
Chances are his "head is tucked all the time" trying to avoid your hands! Lighten up-the results will be amazing. Yeah, I ride reiners, and use a shank bit too, but the only leverage on it is the weight of the 1/2" reins. I NEVER have to touch the bit with my hands, and he turns on a dime. Please train your horse. No matter what bit you use, you really cannot outpower a 1000# horse, in the end. You want them LIGHT!